Saturday, 23 January 2016

First ones twenty-sixteen :-)

Hi!

Always exciting to see the progress. I was really surprised this morning to see that six varieties have germinated.

First out this year is:
  • serrano (C. annuum)
  • malagueta (C. frutescens)
  • pimenta cambuçi (C. baccatum)
  • chile de arbol (C. annuum)
  • aji chinchi amarillo (C. baccatum)
  • mareka fana (C. annuum)
Through the plastic cover of my green-house

It's only six days since I planted the seeds. I need to check my notes from previous years, but I think the the malagueta usually isn't that fast.

Maybe it's because 2016 is going to be a great chile pepper year :-)

Have a great weekend!
  Mats

Monday, 18 January 2016

Over-wintered varieties getting a root-cut

Hi again!

The light is returning, and with that, the plants in the kitchen windows start to grow. Before they get to big, I usually give them new soil, and offer them a har-cut, or rather - root-cut.

Here you can see the roots before.


And after. I cut the roots with a scissor, and cut off as much as I dare.
 Here they are back in the kitchen window. Enjoying the sunlight.

Hot regards,
   Mats

Sunday, 17 January 2016

Wild Brasil

Hi!

This is a fantastic variety. I've never seen Capsicum flowers like this. 7-9 flowers in a cluster.

Here, the flowers from another perspective.

The pods are small, red and very hot. I realize I need to take a picture of them, but it's too dark now.

Wishing you a great week!
   Mats

Saturday, 16 January 2016

Starting the chile pepper year

Hi!

It's already mid January and it's freezing cold outside. Below -10C. In other words, a perfect day to start the chile pepper year!

Here we are busy with the seeds. I'm lucky to have a helper :-)

Carl has been doing this since he was very small, so he's really good at it.

I'm busy looking for seeds.

My seed box. I used to have three of those boxes. Now I just have a few seed varieties. Many empty envelopes,
In the window, there are the over-wintered plants.

More seeds.

The happy team.

These are the ones I started:
  • Malagueta (Capsicum frutescens)
  • CAP 1153 (Capsicum chacoense)
  • Serrano (Capsicum annuum)
  • Datil (Capsicum chinense)
  • Another small rocoto (Capsicum pubescens)
  • Cheiro (Capsicum chinense)
  • Another malagueta (Capsicum frutescens)
  • Pimenta cambuçi (Capscium baccatum)
  • Chile de Arbol (Capsicum annuum)
  • Aji chinchi amarillo (Capsicum baccatum)
  • Mareka Fana (Berbere) (Capsicum annuum)
  • Yellow chicken heart (Capsicum chinense)
  • White fatalii (Capsicum chinense)
  • Peperoncino (Roumanian Giallo) (Capsicum annuum)
  • Dedo de moça (Capsicum baccatum)
I try some new varieties as always, but I stick to my old favorites. Usually I don't grow so many annuum, so that's new for me. But this should be a good mix. Some seeds are quite old, so I don't expect them all to make it. We'll see. Now they are on the heated bathroom floor.

I have six over-wintered plants. One doesn't look so healthy, but the other five are looking good. So I expect to have fewer plants this year, but maybe more herbs. We'll see.

Wishing you a great weekend!
   Mats

Thursday, 24 December 2015

Merry Christmas

Hi!

Wishing you all a Merry Christmas!



Regards,
  Mats

Wednesday, 16 December 2015

Ginger bread chile pepper cookies - chilepepparkakor

Hi!

It's mid December, and not much is going on with my chile pepper plants. What amazes me is that even the ones without extra light are producing flowers. And pods. The good thing is that we can have fresh habaneros for Christmas :-)

It's not that it's the brightest time of year. Just a little more than 6 hours of daylight per day now.



This weekend we made som ginger bread cookies, with chiles. Here are my samples of Capsicum Zingiber officinale :-)
I made the powder from a mix of bhut jolokia and peru yellow. Just to get the right instant heat, together with a fruitier one. Actually quite a nice mix. I like the chile pepper shape of the cookies. We bought the cookie cutter in New Mexico (of course :-) many years ago.

Here are some traditional old fashioned Swedish ones. Pigs and goats.
 And more New Mexican cacti :-)


Hot regards,
  Mats

Sunday, 8 November 2015

Congo yellow

Hi!

The first week in November has passed, and my Congo yellow, that is VERY late has started to flower again. It looks pretty healthy, so I hope it will make it through the winter.


Wishing you all a great week!

Hot regards,
  Mats